This week marked the 40th anniversary of National Peace Officer’s Memorial Day, originally signed into law by President John F. Kennedy in 1961. National Peace Officer’s Memorial day has always been intended as an official day in which we, and our nation, pay tribute to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty. This solemn day has routinely been celebrated in conjunction with National Police Week in Washington D.C., which by Presidential Proclamation is made official. Throughout the storied history of this day, and police week, the sitting President of the United States has outlined the importance of the sacrifices made by leo’s on behalf of an often unthankful or ignorant public; however, on May 15th, 2021 there was no possible way this could have been further from the truth. President Joseph Biden utilized the Presidential Proclamation to disparage and cast shade on all of law enforcement, even discounting the magnitude of sacrifice by his ignorant remarks used to paint ALL law enforcement officers with the brush stroke of racist and hateful. In stark contrast of every previous American President, to include his Democratic predecessor President Obama, who although never a staunch supporter of law enforcement, never used this date as a platform for pandering. In a time in our country starving for unity and understanding, President Biden FAILED all of law enforcement. In a year marked with the death of over 362 of the Nations Finest, the men and women who selflessly answered the call to service to a public, many of whom set on their very distruction, the President of our great country FAILED to recognize these brave men and women. On behalf of our organization we strongly condemn the remarks made by President Biden.
I am awash with disappointment, discouraged with the incindiary nature of our Presidents comments, and worse yet hurting for the many loved ones who so selflessly gave their loved one to service of another. On behalf of the board of the Jackson County Deputies Association, and that of the Fraternal Order of Police, I stand in support of those mourning the loss of a hero, I stand in reverence of the sacrifices given on bahalf of a hero, and WE stand in unity as an organization, and a profession, saying WE have the watch from here, rest easy Hero. On a personal note, I thank everyone of you for your continued service and willingness to be the example of professionalism and fair and equitable practitioners of justice.
Chairman Doug Blodgett